Thursday, 8 February 2018

Daimler: Tranferring automotive FC tech to CO2-free energy supply systems

Technology collaboration on non-transportation fuel cell systems: Daimler partners with computing experts to transfer automotive fuel cell technology to carbon-free energy supply systems

Source: "Technology collaboration on non-transportation fuel cell systems: Daimler partners with computing experts to transfer automotive fuel cell technology to carbon-free energy supply systems", DAIMLER, 10th November 2017

With the world premiere of pre-production models of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL at this year’s IAA in Frankfurt, Daimler presented its latest generation fuel cell technology: 30 percent smaller, 40 percent more power and with a size that now fits into the engine compartment of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles. These new innovative systems are more flexible than ever before, and are now being deployed in the non-transportation sector as well. Daimler with its one hundred percent owned subsidiary NuCellSys and together with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA) and Daimler Innovations Lab1886 is now expanding the use case of the innovative automotive fuel cell technology. Collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Power Innovations (PI) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Daimler is utilizing its automotive fuel cell systems in stationary power systems to demonstrate a sustainable and independent energy supply for data center and to accelerate the transition to renewable energy generation and supply.


Stuttgart/Sunnyvale - Fuel cell technology is an integral part of Daimler’s powertrain strategy. The company has already gathered experience with hydrogen-powered electric vehicles over several vehicle generations and millions of test kilometres around the world and recently presented the next step with pre-production models of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F‑CELL. Convinced of the potential of fuel cell technology and hydrogen as an energy storage medium in the context of the overall energy system, the company follows a holistic approach and extends its development activities into non-transportation industries. Joining forces with industry leaders Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Power Innovations (PI), a LiteOn company, Daimler AG with its subsidiary company NuCellSys GmbH and supported by MBRDNA and Daimler Innovations Lab1886, will develop prototype systems starting this year for back-up and continuous power solutions for data centers and other stationary applications using automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems.

“The maturity of automotive fuel cell systems is unquestioned today. They are ready for everyday use and constitute a viable option for the transportation sector. However, the opportunities for hydrogen beyond the mobility sector – energy, industrial and residential sectors – are versatile and require the development of new strategies. Economies of scale and therefore modularization are important challenges”, says Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, Fuel Cell Director at Daimler AG and CEO of Daimler’s subsidiary NuCellSys.

Fuel cells as an ideal choice for micro-grids within data centers

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